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Last Updated: Monday, 19 September 2005, 06:54 GMT 07:54 UK
1,000 evacuated in arson attack
Fire engine near the scene of the blaze
About 150 homes were evacuated following the fire
A fire at a West Midlands workshop that led to 1,000 people having to leave their homes overnight is being treated as arson by police.

The fire broke out at a bakery workshop on Crank Hall Lane, Wednesbury in the Black Country, on Sunday morning.

Emergency services ordered the evacuation of 150 homes in the Friar Park area of the town after four gas cylinders were discovered in the fire.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the blaze.

Sandwell Council has offered temporary accommodation for people not yet allowed back into their homes.

Divisional Fire Officer, Keith Richards, told BBC WM the fire service was monitoring the temperature of the gas cylinders to check when people could return home.




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